20th October 2013

Bespoked Bristol cycles to London

Bespoked Bristol established itself as the greatest handmade bicycle show in Europe. It became the place to drool over beautiful steel creations and wallow in what it took to design the perfect bike. Personally, I loved the event and what it stood for. And all the bike brands who exhibited there who I know seemed…

5th September 2013

Cycling is the New Golf #2

Further evidence that the business deals done in the past on the golf course are now being done on bikes. Planning this week’s mega-deal between Vodafone and Verizon took place as much in the saddle as in the boardroom. The final price was agreed by the two CEOs, Vittorio Colao of Vodafone and Lowell McAdam…

20th June 2013

Cycling is the new golf

It’s already a cliche. The New York Times was first to hail cycling as the new golf back in 2005. In the UK, the Guardian newspaper agreed in 2011. Now the authority that is The Economist has started pedalling the same story: “Traditionally, business associates would get to know each other over a round of…

8th May 2013

New new kit for cyclists

Let’s face it. Plenty of us cyclists love a new piece of kit. It seems half the people I ride with start most sentences with “have you see the new …”. So I shouldn’t be surprised when my post last week about Cycling Innovation got quite a few responses talking about other favourite improvements on…

2nd May 2013

Trading Guns for Bikes

It’s a brilliant idea. Take guns off the street and replace them with bikes. Uruguay rates 9th in the world for the number of guns per capita. With a population of just 3.3 million, there are more than a million guns – half of those unregistered. Under the Uruguayan Interior Ministry’s “Weapons for Life” campaign, residents…

1st May 2013

Cycling Innovation

Kickstarter was the original crowd-funding platform. It brought consumers, funding and publicity to thousands of tech projects in its early days. So it’s hardly surprising that some brilliant (and some pretty left-field) cycling innovations are now finding their way onto the market thanks to the spotlight and funding Kickstarter has brought to creative new ideas….

8th April 2013

Cobbles, Cycling and the Hell of the North

Sunday was a day for cyclists to dig deep, to bounce through the endless, jarring cobbles. Stay light in the saddle, I was warned. Take some pressure out of the tyres. Go for a higher gear. Get ready to feel every tooth rattling in your skull. Sunday was of course the greatest of the one-day…

6th April 2013

A Tale of Two Tunnels

This weekend saw the opening of another traffic-free cycling first – seven years after the idea was first proposed, the ribbon was cut on the longest cycling tunnel in the UK. Bath’s Two Tunnels project brought two former railway tunnels back to life nearly 50 years after they were closed. There’s now a flat route…